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Transitional arrangements

On 1 July 2021, following the full commencement of the Road Vehicle Standards Act 2018 (RVSA), which replaced the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (MVSA), a 12-month transitional period began for certain segments of the industry.

The table below outlines who is affected by the transitional period and how.

During the transitional period, the ONLY applications that can be made through the Vehicle Imports System (VIS) are:

  • Low ATM trailer applications; and
  • New Low Volume Vehicles holding MVSA approval.

All other application types must be made through ROVER.

RVSA transitional arrangements

The table below explains where to find further information.

Sector Change For more information
IPA holders Approval holders can continue to supply vehicles subject to MVSA 10A(1) and 10A(2) approvals until 30 June 2022.

Nil. Continue to operate as normal. Blanket import approvals have been extended, otherwise, apply under VIS.

Opt-in arrangements for IPAs Between 1 July 2021 and 31 December 2021, MVSA 10A(1), 10A(2) and Reg 14 approval holders can ‘opt-in’ to an RVSA vehicle type approval. Approvals will be granted for 5 years.

Apply through ROVER. Select the option: ‘Apply to opt-in for a vehicle type approval’.

Visit the vehicle type approval opt-in arrangements page.

Registered automotive workshops (RAWs) operations MVSA-approved RAWs can continue to operate as an MVSA RAW (i.e. accessing the MVSA and Interim SEVs Lists) until 30 June 2022. Visit the registered automotive workshops page.
Provision of MVSA and Interim SEVs List vehicles MVSA-approved RAWs can continue to apply to import MVSA SEVs List vehicles (through the RAWs system) until April 2022. Approved vehicles must be plated and provided by 30 June 2022. Applications for Interim SEVs List vehicles can be made until 31 December 2021 and must be made through ROVER. Visit the registered automotive workshops page.
Transition from Interim SEVs List to RVSA SEVs Register

An application must be made to move a vehicle from the Interim SEVs List to the RVSA SEVs Register, but the fee will be waived.

Applications can be made up until 30 June 2022.

Please note, if the vehicle continues to meet the eligibility criteria as if it were a new application, the vehicle will be added to the list for a renewed 3 year period.

If the vehicle no longer meets the eligibility criteria, it will be added to the list for the remainder of the 3 years, commencing from the date it was added to the Interim SEVs List.

Visit the specialist and enthusiast vehicles page.
Vehicles with an MVSA import approval Import approval applications made before 1 July 2021 can be decided upon after 1 July 2021. The vehicle must be imported before 1 July 2022. Nil.
Constructing low ATM trailers

Applications to import a trailer able to be modified to comply with VSB1 version 5 can be made until 30 April 2022.

Trailers must be plated by 30 June 2022.

Visit the low ATM trailers page.
Special purpose vehicles (SPVs)

Between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022, SPVs will be granted concessional RAV entry approval, even if they cannot demonstrate compliance with applicable ADRs, as long as they meet all other entry criteria.

Between 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2023, SPVs (excluding trailers) must demonstrate compliance with ADRs applicable to brakes, lights and mirrors. SPV trailers must demonstrate compliance with ADRs applicable to brakes, lights and mechanical connections. SPVs will be granted concessional RAV entry approval, even if they cannot demonstrate compliance with applicable ADRs, as long as they meet all other entry criteria.

From 1 July 2023, SPVs must meet eligibility criteria set out in the Road Vehicle Standards Rules 2019 , including demonstrated compliance with all applicable ADRs unless they can demonstrate that complying with an ADR means the vehicle would not be able to operate for the purpose for which it was designed.

Importing a special purpose vehicle under the RVS legislation—interim arrangements PDF: 965 KB
Second stage of manufacture (SSM) during the transitional year

MVSA approval holders can continue to operate in accordance with their MVSA identification plate approval until 30 June 2022.

MVSA approval holders can only perform SSM on vehicles that have an identification plate affixed; not vehicles that have been added to the RAV.

Under the RVSA framework, entities may perform SSM using either a vehicle type approval or the Registered Automotive Workshop framework.

After obtaining RVSA approval, RVSA approval holders can modify vehicles that are fitted with an identification plate OR that are on the RAV.

What is second stage of manufacture? PDF: 305 KB